Many voters prefer a presidential candidate who has served, and served heroically, in the military. Bill Clinton drew scorn after it was learned he had once said he “loathed” the military, George W. Bush was criticized because he allegedly joined the National Guard to avoid Vietnam. But the history of future presidents sidestepping military service goes way, way back. Chester Arthur and Grover Cleveland both paid a “substitute” the sum of $300 to take their place in the Union Army during the Civil War. It was perfectly legal – though certainly lacking in patriotism by today’s standards.
If anyone would be first, he must be last of all and servant of all.
There is no “substitute” permitted when it comes to the work God has called you to do. It cannot be left to another and it must not be deferred. Supporting the work of the Lord financially – whether it’s the church you attend, a local food pantry, or a missionary on a foreign field – is important, but your first instinct should always be like that of the prophet Isaiah, who said: “Here I am! Send me.” (Isaiah 6:8)
As you pray for America today, tell God you are willing to be a “servant of all.” Be fervent, constant, and rejoicing in your service.
Recommended Reading: Romans 12:9-21